Aug. 19, 2011
Northridge, Calif. - B.J. Snow's debut as head coach of the UCLA women's soccer team went off without a hitch on Friday evening, as the ninth-ranked Bruins opened the season with a 2-0 shutout over Cal State Northridge before 1,376 fans at the Matador Soccer Field.
The Bruins (1-0) struck once each half, moving out to a 1-0 lead when senior Sydney Leroux scored in the 29th minute. The goal occurred when freshman Caprice Dydasco played a ball to Leroux, who was making a run toward the top of the box. Leroux took a touch before finishing with a right-footed shot to the bottom right corner, just beating a diving Matador goalkeeper Cynthia Jacobo.
Freshman Rosie White got in on the scoring in the 73rd minute following a corner kick from fellow newcomer Chelsea Stewart. Stewart's ball into the box was punched up into the air by Jacobo. White got under it, heading the ball into the goal from close range.
Leroux led all players with six shots on the evening. Sophomore Jenna Richmond, who tore her ACL in last year's NCAA Tournament, made a successful return to the Bruin lineup as a reserve. UCLA out-shot Northridge, 20-6 on the night. The Bruins had six newcomers in Friday's starting lineup.
Next up for the Bruins is a showdown with Tennessee at the 2011 Lady Vol Classic in Knoxville next Friday.